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Back to School Guide for Westchester County, NY - Section 1

August 22, 2013   |  DIRECTORY ARTICLES   


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UPDATED AUGUST 2015: It's time to go back to school in Westchester County, NY. NYMetroParents' Westchester County back to school guide has Westchester County schools, after-school programs for kids, religious schools,  foreign language programs, and Westchester activities for kids, including music and dance classes, art classes, performing arts programs, sports teams and programs for kids, after-school tutors and much more in Westchester County, from Larchmont and Rye, to White Plains and Scarsdale.

 

    

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A DANCE STUDIO
2094 Boston Post Road, Larchmont
914-834-2432

 

When choosing a dance school, look for professionalism, quality, and experience. A Dance Studio satisfies these standards of excellence. We offer classes in jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, preschool, and yoga. Dance birthday parties are a big hit. You’ll like the friendly way you are treated and will appreciate the great feelings of accomplishment and fun that dancing provides. Director, Yvonne Karas Rosenberg, invites you to join our family, where all of our students are important to us.

ALCOTT MONTESSORI SCHOOL
535 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry
914-693-4443
27 Crane Road, Scarsdale
914-472-4404
46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale
914-595-7551
Email MPrice@alcottschool.org

 

Alcott school provides 2 – 5 year olds a supportive, multicultural learning environment where they develop independence, self-confidence, and a love for learning. All locations offer a developmentally appropriate Montessori Curriculum. Students learn through experience with hands on materials. Enrichment activities include music, yoga, creative movement, and nature. Afterschool classes, such as, dance, soccer, art, and cooking are available for 3-5 year olds. Kidz Club, a social skills group for 3-5 year olds, meets from 4-5pm twice a week at the Crane Road site. Please call to arrange a tour.

ALL ABOUT KIDS
255 Executive Drive, LL 108, Plainview
516-576-2040
150 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Suite 401, Hauppauge, NY
631-439-6860
175 Remsen St., Suite 750, Brooklyn, NY
718-522-7300
3140B E. Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY
718-239-4147
37-11 35th Ave., Suite 3C, Astoria, NY
718-706-7500
145 Huguenot St., Suite 404, New Rochelle, NY
914-251-0905
Email anne.worth@allaboutkidsny.com

 

All About Kids provides quality evaluations, consultations, and therapy services, including but not limited to ABA services for children with autism; speech, occupational, and physical therapies; social skills; special education; parent training; and counseling. Licensed and certified, experienced staff provides services to eligible children with developmental delays and/or disabilities in the home, school, and/or community setting, and our state-of-the-art facilities and sensory motor gyms. Services provided throughout Westchester, all NYC boroughs, and Nassau and Suffolk counties. For eligible children, services are authorized by the EIP/CPSE Programs at no cost, and are funded and monitored by NYS DOH, NYSED, and county governments.

ANN AND ANDY CHILD CARE
2170 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford
914-592-3027

 

At Ann & Andy, each child is considered on two levels: as an individual, and a member of the group. Regularly planned group activities are designed to meet all the needs of children at play. The staff is carefully trained to promote a positive environment and to keep a balanced routine. We are open year round and have a summer camp program. We are located on five acres with plenty of space for exploration and discovery. Nutritional meals are served, including hot lunches, and dietary restrictions are taken into consideration.

BALLET MUSCLE
10 South Division St., Ring Buzzer #8, New Rochelle
914-365-1862
Email BalletMuscle@gmail.com

 

Ballet lessons and fitness taught by American ballet dancers, owned and operated by American ballet dancer, Peter Cirolia. Ballet Muscle is a unique ballet studio and fitness center, offering professionally led ballet classes and fitness training for children, teenagers, and adults of all levels of experience. At Ballet Muscle you will build long and strong muscles to enhance any athletic activity. We offer personal training, group fitness classes, and ballet classes in Westchester, NY. All instructors at Ballet Muscle are professional ballet dancers with knowledge in athletics and the health industry.

BELLE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
1088 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale
283 Tarrytown Road, White Plains
1537 Central Park Ave., Yonkers
914-961-5511

 

The Belle School of Music, voted the #1 music school in Westchester in 2015 by parents, has a unique, effective, and fun way of teaching music to children, (2 years and up), and adults. Under the supervision of our highly qualified and dedicated staff, your child will not only learn to play but will develop an appreciation and love for music that will last a lifetime. Bring out the musical talent in your child! Call 914-961-5511 to schedule a FREE introductory lesson and consultation.

BILLY BEEZ
Located at Palisades Center, 1282 Palisades Center Drive, First Floor, Bronx, NY, W. Nyack, NY
845-535-9277
The Mall at Bay Plaza
200 Baychester Ave., Bronx
718-514-6045

 

Run, jump, bounce, slide, and climb your way to an active lifestyle! Billy Beez in Palisades Center is a 26,000 sq. ft. jungle themed, indoor playground featuring interactive play zones, slides, trampolines, sports courts, our signature Honey Cafe, and much more! Billy Beez's mission of fun, family fitness supports an active lifestyle by encouraging physical, mental, and social development through play. For more information or to book your child's next birthday party or group outing, visit us.billybeez.com, email bbzbb01@usbillybeez.com or call 845-535-9277. Then Like Billy Beez, Palisades Center on Facebook.

BOUNCE! TRAMPOLINE SPORTS
612 Corporate Way (off Route 303), Valley Cottage
845-268-4000
Email info@bounceonit.com

 

Bounce! offers the opportunity to play sports, have fun, and get fit on enormous courts of interconnected trampolines. Guests can enjoy open jump time, trampoline dodgeball, slam dunk basketball on our new dual lanes, foam-pit jumping, and a fun arcade. We also have private party rooms, a Wi-Fi lounge, healthy-food vending machines and snack bar, and a separate Bounce! Jr. Zone for kids ages 5 and younger. Ask us about Toddler Time!, program for those with special needs, school, camp, and group trips. Fundraising opportunities available.

CENTRAL PARK DANCE
450 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale
914-723-2940
Email centralparkdance@gmail.com

 

Central Park Dance offers more than 175 classes a week, in all levels, for children and adults. Newer and very popular classes include Lyrical and Acro Jazz. CPD has a preschool program, which is regarded as one of the finest in the area, introducing children as young as 2 years old to dance, and the popular Fairytale Ballet. CPD has earned a reputation for being the most thorough and rewarding dance experience for students for more than 30 years. Miss Talia’s Boutique is on premises and open late, seven days a week. Online registration is now available. Voted Best of Westchester 2013.

CHELSEA PIERS CONNECTICUT
One Blachley Road, Stamford
203-989-1000
Email info@chelseapiersct.com

 

Chelsea Piers Connecticut, a 465,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art indoor sports complex, provides world-class facilities, expert instruction, and the area’s most dynamic sports curriculum. Facilities include two ice rinks; Olympic-sized pool and Splash Zone; 65,000 square-foot fitness center, 12 squash and 7 tennis courts; batting cages with infield for baseball and softball training; gymnastics center; indoor track; 100-yard turf field for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey; basketball and volleyball courts; a child care and Early Learning Center. Memberships are available for families! Youth Classes begin September 9th and registration is ongoing!


THE CHILDREN'S JEWISH EDUCATION GROUP
SUNY Purchase,
914-864-1267
Email peter@woolyheaddesign.com

 

Looking for a Jewish education for your child without joining a synagogue? CJEG is a community-based school that emphasizes Jewish cultural studies, tradition, history, and holidays, for children in K-7th grade. We provide a professional teaching staff supported by a parent co-op administration in an open, warm and relaxed, and affordable environment. Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons are also available. Classes are held Sunday mornings at the SUNY Purchase campus. For more information, please visit our website, cjeg.org.

CITY CENTER DANCE
98 Lake St., White Plains
914-328-1881
Email dinagiordano@yahoo.com

 

Specializing in professional dance instruction for children of all ages and levels, City Center Dance emphasizes discipline, dedication, balance, form, confidence, and success, all in a fun and creative environment. We offer ballet, pointe, pre-pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, pre-K, and kindergarten classes, and special workshops throughout the year. Private lessons, birthday parties, and performance opportunities also available. City Center Dance is proud to be the official home of the Westchester Knicks Dance Team. Call 914-328-1881 for more information and to register.

CLAY ART CENTER
40 Beech St., Port Chester
914-937-2047 x222
Email leigh@clayartcenter.org

 

Create. Connect. Be inspired. Clay Art Center is a non-profit ceramic art center in Port Chester offering clay classes for adults and children year round as well as private lessons and parties. This fall we’re offering a fabulous line-up of afterschool and weekend clay classes for children, tweens, teens, and families. Fall classes start September 21. Or join us for Saturday Drop-In Clay Class, a great afternoon with family or friends for ages 5-99! Visit our Gallery and Shop, featuring one-of-a-kind pottery and sculpture, open Monday–Saturday, 10am–6pm.

CONGREGATION KOL AMI YAD B’YAD PROGRAM
252 Soundview Ave., White Plains
914-949-4717 x125
Email kayosborne@nykolami.org

 

Yad B’Yad is a synagogue-based, inclusive program for Jewish teenagers with developmental challenges that focuses on social and life skills. The target population for the program is Jewish teenagers who struggle with social interactions and may have learning, cognitive, or emotional challenges. Teenagers work with peer mentors; participate in electives (i.e. cooking, yoga, Israeli dance, drama), holiday, and other special events such as field trips. The program runs from 5:30-7:30pm on Wednesday evenings, along with the current Religious School.

CURTAIN CALL, INC.
1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford
203-329-8207 x16
Administration: 203-329-8207
Box Office: 203-461-6358
Email brian@curtaincallinc.com

 

Curtain Call, Inc. is Stamford’s longest-running, non-profit theatre, providing year-round performances and educational programs. Classes are available for ages five through adult, after school, evenings, and weekends in acting, comedy, improvisation, musical theatre, on-camera, Shakespeare…and more! Full-day vacation programs are also available for ages six through sixteen. Our faculty consists of area professionals dedicated to education in the performing arts for the community. We can also create a special workshop for your before/after school program, business, or civic group. For more information, contact our Education Director at 203-329-8207x16. or brian@curtaincallinc.com.

DANISH WRITING ACADEMY
171 Main St., Nyack
845-480-2273
Email peter@danishwritingacademy.com

 

Danish Writing Academy is a Rockland County-based writing school, with classes taught by an award-winning, #1 Best-Selling author. We offer classes in: Novel and Fiction Writing, Playwriting, Public Speaking, and College Essay Writing. We help writers of all ages with practical, real world training. We are the only school in the tri-state area to proudly offer its students publishing contracts upon completion of the classes! At the conclusion of each school year, one DWA student will have his/her novel published, through our partnership with True North Publishing. Please visit: danishwritingacademy.com.

DAVE AND BUSTER’S PELHAM MANOR
881 Pelham Parkway , Pelham Manor
914-380-8500
Email beatriz_peneda@daveandbusters.com

 

Dave & Buster's of Pelham Manor is the best place for family fun, including: birthday parties, award ceremonies, club get-togethers, graduation parties, after-prom parties and more. With great food and games all in one place, it's the perfect party space for youth events and family outings - and a perfect reward for a job well done. Give them the BEST birthday, including Sweet 16s, Bat and Bar Mitzvahs, and quinceaneras! We offer delicious food, unlimited drinks, and Power Cards for play in our Million Dollar Midway.

DICKER READING METHOD
75 Brook St., Scarsdale
914-472-0600

 

Our revolutionary reading program will teach any child to read, even children diagnosed as learning disabled, dyslexic, or with ADD or ADHD. Whether your child is reading above, below, or at grade level, he or she will accomplish 3–6 years of reading achievement in just one year. Parents will see immediate improvement in reading achievement, comprehension, and vocabulary development. Over 10,000 children, from pre-school to 12th grade, have accomplished these remarkable results. Your child's grades, confidence, and self-esteem will soar as they learn to love reading and school.

ELLIOTT'S CLASSES AND KIDS IN BLOOM, A PRESCHOOL ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM
131 W. 86th St., New York
917-517-8721
Email elliottsgymnastics@gmail.com

 

We help families provide their children with strong emotional, social, and physical foundations through a range of unique classes. Our trained instructors apply "The Elliott Method," a combination of movement science and child development theory, to each of our programs. We believe that children's classes should focus on developing life skills and a sense of pride and achievement through an experience that is fun! Contact us for more information: 917-517-8721, or elliottsgymnastics@gmail.com, and visit our website: elliottsclasses.com. Elliott's Classes- 1149 North Avenue, New Rochelle.

FASHION ARTS STUDIO OF WESTCHESTER AT GROUND WORK COWORKING
547 North Ave., New Rochelle
917-995-3191
Email ying@fashionartsstudio.com

 

Premier Art and Design Studio for Aspiring Fashion Designers. A new Fashion Design Studio that offers courses in the art of fashion design has opened right here in Westchester. Ying Su, a professional fashion designer who was also a former adjunct fashion design professor at Parsons School of Design, and F.I.T., will share her wealth of knowledge and experience from the industry perspective. Learn how real fashion designers work. Year round Courses offered include the entire fashion design process, from designing/illustrations, concepts/colors, sewing, pattern-making, draping, and final garment construction.

FRENCH-AMERICAN SCHOOL OF NEW YORK (FASNY)
Campuses in Scarsdale, Larchmont, and Mamaroneck,
914-250-0000
Nursery to Grade 1: Scarsdale Campus, 85 Palmer Ave., Scarsdale
Lower School: Larchmont Campus, 111 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont
Upper School: Mamaroneck Campus, 145 New St., Mamaroneck
Email cjavois@fasny.org

 

FASNY is a Westchester County independent, coed N-12 day school. Our unique French and American bilingual curriculum, open to non-French speakers from nursery to kindergarten, ensures students acquire academic fluency in both languages, providing them mental flexibility and open-mindedness. FASNY is also pleased to welcome qualified non-French speaking students in the 11th and 12th grades as part of the school's newly authorized International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). FASNY currently enrolls 850 students representing 50+ nationalities. Learn more about our program and multicultural community at www.fasny.org.

THE GAGA CENTER - SCARSDALE
365 Central Park Ave., (Archway Shopping Center), Scarsdale
914-368-9889
Email marcy@gagacenter.com

 

The Gaga Center is located at 365 Central Park Avenue in Scarsdale, New York. We offer weekly after school classes, days off from school, Open Gaga on weekends, and birthday parties! Our semester-long after school classes are one hour of pure gaga fun and include warm-up, instruction, and loads of time to play. Kids get in on the action while learning gaga and athletic skills. To learn more about our after school options, and our birthday parties and other programs, please visit gagacenter.com or call 914-368-9889.

THE GERMAN SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT
Rippowam Middle School, 381 High Ridge Road, Stamford
203-548-0438
First Baptist Church
90 N. Main St., W. Hartford, CT
860-404-8838
Email ebernhard@truerenu.com

 

The German School of Connecticut is a friendly center for German language and culture, with a high-quality educational program for children of all ages and adults. Students at all levels, from beginner through native speaker, are matched with dedicated, professional teachers to learn, improve and maintain German language skills. We foster a strong academic growth and a wider worldview for all students in a fun, stimulating atmosphere. GSC meets on Saturday mornings during the school year.

GREAT PLAY OF SCARSDALE
969B Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale
914-713-3470

 

A three-category Family Favorites Winner, including "Best Birthday Location," and A Best of Westchester winner, Great Play makes it insanely fun for kids, ages 6 mos.-fifth grade, to develop motor and sport skills, fitness, and coordination! Great Play’s unique curriculum of directed play, and their patented Interactive Arena™, help children develop age-appropriate skills, while having a blast. Customers rave about it! “The coaches rock!” -Macaroni Kids. “A gym like no other!” -Rebecca Shaw. “In a league of their own…their favorite class (and mine) by far!” -Jami Goldman. See more reviews at greatplay.com. Fantastic birthday parties too! Call for a free trial!

GYMBOREE PLAY & MUSIC OF SCARSDALE
Scarsdale Park Mall 450 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale
866-477-3700
Gymboree Play and Music of Yorktown
Rt. 6 and Hill Blvd
(across from JV Mall)
866-477-3700
Email scarsdaleny@gymboreeclasses.com

 

Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering learning, creativity, and confidence in children from birth to age 5 for almost 40 years. Gymboree offers classes in play and learn, art, music, sports, preschool, and a new 2-year-old separation program, Preschool Steps. All classes at Gymboree enjoy unlimited free open gyms 5-7 days per week, and Gymboree store discounts with enrollment, as well as special events and birthday parties. Previews are offered in all classes. As Gymboree likes to say. “All of America goes to Gymboree!”

GYMCATS GYMNASTICS AND BIRTHDAY PARTY CENTER
One Odell Plaza at Equalize Fitness, Yonkers
914-965-7676

 

At GymCats Gymnastics, children learn the skills and confidence they need to become better athletes and individuals. Exciting gymnastics classes are offered for boys and girls, ages 20 months to teens, as well as recreational to advanced classes, private lessons, cheer classes, toddler open gym for crawlers up to walkers, and summer camp. GymCats is home to our own All Star Cheer Team, the GC Xtreme All Stars! We are also famous for our unique private birthday parties. Our enthusiastic interactive staff makes your child’s party memorable.

HELEN HAYES YOUTH THEATER
142 Main St., Nyack
845-826-2049

 

Celebrating our 18th year of excellence in theater education, the Helen Hayes Youth Theater offers year-round theater programs for kids ages 5-17, including weekend and weekday classes and productions. We welcome performers with all levels of experience. Please join us for professional training in a friendly, supportive environment. For more information, call us or visit our website.

HUDSON COUNTRY MONTESSORI SCHOOL
340 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle
914-636-6202
Email mrs.tufo@hudsoncountry.org

 

Children learn to observe, think, judge, and pursue interests at their own pace. Exposed to physical and mental order, working with materials with a purposeful design, in a calm atmosphere, fosters concentration, creativity, self-respect, and a solid academic foundation. Hudson’s unique approach allows children to develop their skills while pursuing their interests. Programs are available for children from 18 months through eighth grade, with extended hours available from 7:30am-6pm.

ISG GYMNASTICS
151 Crotona Ave., Harrison
914-835-0010

 

ISG Gymnastics, serving the community for more than 35 years, is a family-run business where the kids come first! Classes for children, ages 10 months through high school. Ongoing registration. Birthday parties available. Girls' team and camps. Call for information and start your child toward a healthy future today.

JCC OF MID-WESTCHESTER
999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale
914-472-3300
for camps only: symonsc@jccmw.org

 

Education at the JCC of Mid-Westchester: Preschoolers benefit from full service nursery schools, and professional teaching staff, a year round indoor pool, fitness programs, arts programs, and Special Needs programs. All under one roof! Early drop off, late pick up. The Summer Art Center (SAC), continues all year, providing a non-competitive, nurturing environment for children with a passion for the Arts. The Dance School provides programs for preschoolers, teens, and adults. The Academic Center offers everything you need to prepare kids for college. Arrange for a tour: info@jccmw.org 914-472-3300, jccmw.org.

JODI'S GYM
25 Hubbels Drive, Mount Kisco
914-244-8811
244 E. 84th St., Manhattan
212-772-7633

 

Jodi's Gym has been providing New York kids the highest level of fun and fitness for 34 years! Their step-by-step, no-fail approach ensures that every child feels a sense of accomplishment. They offer gymnastics (ages 3 to 12 years), Ninja Challenge (4-8 years), Game On! (3-5 years), parent/child gym, Music Together, summer and holiday break camps, free playtime and perks for members, private lessons, and the best birthday ever! Need transportation after school? They also bus from every Chappaqua elementary school!

KANGS MARTIAL ARTS
455 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale
914-723-0777
Email kangsma@gmail.com

 

At Kangs Martial Arts, we offer Tae Kwon Do and Hap Ki Do lessons. Children will learn increased confidence, unshakable focus, discipline, and additional life skills. Adults will benefit from valuable self-defense skills, stress relief, and an intense and fun workout! We offer a flexible schedule for children (ages 4 and older), teens, and adults. Take advantage of our family classes, where parents and children train together! We are conveniently located directly across from the Greenburgh nature center! Come in for a class today!

KIDS' B.A.S.E. & THE LITTLE SCHOOL
307 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale
914-472-5409
Email aghiozzi@kbls.org

 

Kids’ B.A.S.E. & The Little School encompass before- and after-school programs for school age children, and a preschool program for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Kids’ B.A.S.E. offers a Breakfast Club, after-school enrichments and sports for youngsters in kindergarten through sixth grade, until 6:30pm. The Little School provides a high quality full-day or half-day preschool program, as well as their own Breakfast Club, an Extended Day Program until 6:30pm, enrichments, and sports. The Little School is licensed by NYS OCFS and accredited by NAEYC.

KUMON
1-800-ABC-MATH (222-6284)
Email rwagner@kumon.com

 

Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children, so they can achieve more on their own. The learning method uses an individualized approach that helps children in preschool through high school develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration, and develop better study skills. Kumon has 26,000 centers in 48 countries and more than four million students studying worldwide. Visit kumon.com today to find your local center or call 1-800-ABC-MATH.


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